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August 7, 2017,

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As a cornerstone of its plan for climate change and clean growth, the Government of Canada has committed to reducing reliance on diesel fuel in Canada’s remote, Northern and Indigenous communities and industrial sites by supporting a transition to more sustainable energy solutions.  The move towards secure, affordable and clean energy will provide both environmental benefits and economic opportunities for these communities…  by NR Can.

Aug. 1, 2017 – Western Canada’s longest-running wood pellet producer is setting itself up for major growth next year.  A few months ago, Pinnacle Renewable Energy announced that it plans to build an $85-million, 475,000-tonne wood pellet plant in Entwistle, Alta., a little over 100 kilometres west of Edmonton.  While I was initially surprised by the investment, the more I thought about it, the more I realized the potential dividends a plant like this could pay...  by Andrew Snook

Aug. 1, 2017 – The boiler system residing at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) is a little ways yet from operational, but as Alexandre Hebert explains, the system is much more than just a biomass boiler; it’s a learning tool…  by Maria Church

Aug. 2, 2017 – Wood pellets are a fairly popular fuel choice for heating across New Brunswick. The number of residential and institutional facilities choosing to heat their buildings with wood pellet-fuelled boiler systems and wood stoves in the province have been steady or growing in recent years; so it comes as no surprise to hear that close to 60 per cent of the 90,000 tons of wood pellets produced annually… by Andrew Snook.

A proposed $325-million cogeneration plant near Clavet will produce fuel-grade ethanol, high-protein animal feed and electricity, while providing a market for feed-quality barley and peas.  The Prairie Green Renewable Energy (PGRE) plant has been in the planning stages for about ten years. The project, which would be located in the RM of Blucher adjacent to the eastern boundary of the RM of Corman Park, received conditional zoning approval for heavy industrial from the RM of Blucher last October. Environmental studies for the project were conducted by Clifton Associates… by Marcelo Gleiser.

Aug. 4, 2017 – One of the largest pellet plants in Quebec, Energex, could also be the oldest. Max Béraud, the mill manager, does not even hesitate to call it an antiquity! Created in 1983 by BioShell – in the midst of an oil crisis – the plant located in Lac-Mégantic, Que., in the Eastern Townships benefited from the know-how and oil standards in place to develop its efficiency… by Anabel Cossette Civitella